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Hairdressing: Is Your Hair Dry or Greasy.

Updated on April 29, 2016

Your Hair and You.

We offer here some information on why some people have dry hair and others have greasy hair. At the base of every hair in your head there are usually one or two glands. These glands are called sebacious glands and they secrete an oil called sebum. Just how well these work determines whether you have dry or greasy hair.

Clearly there are extremes. A person with naturally thin hair growth might have one gland operating therefore we would find dry hair. At the other extreme we find a person with a naturally thick growth of hair might have two glands working, consequently we might then see greasy hair.

What you can do.

Regular brushing of the head by a person with dry hair, can often enliven the glands and might just show an improvement in appearance. Whether dry or greasy a regular application of conditioner will help. A regular scalp massage might also help. When done properly a massage should also help you to relax. Everyone is different and using a professional hairdresser will help with advice in your particual circumstances.

There are approximately 20,000 hairs on the human head and average growth rate is half an inch a month. People everywhere ask if this can be speeded up, the answer is NO I'm afraid. Look after your hair on a regular basis, you will look better and feel better.

See Photograph below.

Your Hair Care.

Regular brushing and conditioning can transform dry hair. Greasy hair needs a degreasing conditioner.
Regular brushing and conditioning can transform dry hair. Greasy hair needs a degreasing conditioner. | Source

© 2012 Graham Lee


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    • old albion profile imageAUTHOR

      Graham Lee 

      5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Giovanna. Thank you for your welcome visit. We hesitate to recommend a product for your hair, particularly as you use Henna. Due to you being allergic to chemicals a skin test would be required. With regard to hair falling out when brushing; it is quite normal for this to happen, dead hair is being removed from the follicle to enable new hair to grow.


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      5 years ago from UK

      Hi I use henna to cover my greys. I am totally allergic to chemicals, even those in shampoos and conditioners. I have long dry thick hair. I have written a hub about henna -but I am on lookout for a good shampoo and conditioner that won't cause itching or redness. Help! PS when I brush quite a lot of hair falls out is that OK?

    • old albion profile imageAUTHOR

      Graham Lee 

      5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Paula. I think you have been spot on so far, Mother is always right is she not? Thank you for your valued visit.


    • fpherj48 profile image


      5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      I have neither problem. My hair is fairly "normal." It's very FINE, but I have a lot of it. I'm gaining greys by the minute now and contemplating covering it up. I've not ever been one to "experiment" with my hair.

      My lifelong regimen has simply been using a good shampoo, a bit of conditioner now and then......and lots of brushing.

      I have natural wave and body, with a tiny bit of curl here and there. My mother always told my sister and I to keep our hair clean, brushed and healthy and not to mess with numerous chemicals on our heads.

      I think she was absolutely correct! .....helpful hub, Graham...UP+++

    • old albion profile imageAUTHOR

      Graham Lee 

      7 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Motherbynature. Thank you for your visit. I'm glad it works for you. thanks for your comments.


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      Liv Carradine 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great tips for stimulating sebum. I do scalp massage because I have dreadlocks and it really is relaxing.

    • old albion profile imageAUTHOR

      Graham Lee 

      7 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hello snowdrops. Again thank you for your visit. Your comments are always welcome.


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      7 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Interesting info here. Voted up and all!

    • old albion profile imageAUTHOR

      Graham Lee 

      7 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Flickr. Thankyou for your comment.

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      7 years ago

      hemp shampoo dose wonders, and that is a lot of hairs on the human head. interesting hub and thanks for sharing.


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